As I was walking back to the office after just leaving the steps of the Supreme Court I saw this girl running, she was young, blond, petit, in a blue dress and running in heals, her face was red about to burst into tears and she was dashing to the place I had just been, she needed to be there, history was been made.
Back in 2010 I was in California at the same time a court decision that momentarily struck down Proposition 8 was issued. Back then I had to hear the news while hiding in my bedroom with the lowest volume possible and listening to the news in english, so my spanish speaking family wouldn’t find out I was rejoicing the momentum of marriage equality in California, I had to rejoice alone.
Today I stood up at the steps of the Supreme Court of the United States, in the sun, out and proud with my equality flag and my queer peers as they announced the ruling that changed the history of LGBT Rights in the United States forever. I could not help to step back for a second to think about how much things have changed in the last ten years, How much I have change in the past four.
Earlier this summer The Supreme Court of the United States or SCOTUS heard oral arguments on a case that basically raised two questions, and the answer we knew would affect the whole nation: Does the U.S. Constitution require states to perform same-sex marriages? and Does the Constitution require states to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states? Today the Supreme Court of the United States found bans on marriage equality to be unconstitutional and that the fundamental right to marriage is a fundamental right for all.
Paraphrasing President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner Today the United States of America is a little bit more egalitarian than it was yesterday.It was a great honor to be present at that place in that moment, and I know I would not have been able to live this experience if I wasn’t an Atlas Corps Fellow, I feel very much honored and very much grateful for that.
What does this means for me, a non U.S. Citizen with no intentions of getting married anytime soon? Well, as an activist It inspires me as I have seen the long struggle the LGBT Community in the United States which has now achieved one of the biggest victories in history; it gives me hope that we will be in fact the generation that ends discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity; It energizes me to know we stand on the right side of history and that no matter how long the fight last justice will always prevail.
I feel profoundly moved and happy for all my friends in Georgia, Louisiana, Kansas and Texas who are now free to love whomever they want and that the State shall recognize their love. I smile at the idea that LGBT Youth won’t have to run away from their hometowns if they want to start a family in the place that they grew up; and selflessly I feel happy as I know can point to my dad and say: Hey Dad look, the Supreme Court of the United States recognizes our unions, maybe, just maybe we are not that evil after all.